Barred feather, found on ground on bank of creek. Half of the feather is black, half of it is a dark blue. 4" long, 1/2" wide. Feather is slightly translucent. Black horizontal stripes through the blue half of the feather.
I was walking to class at around 11 am when I spotted two turkeys in my path to class. They did not even notice me! The clawing the brush and poking the ground with their beaks.
This plant could be easily overlooked, it does not grow more than 5 feet off the ground. It lies next to the creek on moist soil. The plant looks like a bloomed flower, but does not have a particular flower sprouting from it. It seemingly reminds me of lettuce or spinach. Ground level plant that receives plenty of sun.
Found at 5:01 at UC Berkeley's Strawberry Canyon on the Fire Trial. A thin tree with red leaves as well as green ones. Looks healthy. Tree has a covering of green bark and some moss. Found during the late afternoon.
Found on side of trail, near a little shade. Plant close to ground. Thorns on each tip of leaf, and each leaf is about .5 cm long. Every third leaf sticks up a little high than the other leaves. The bottom of each leaf was white, and the stems were not woody.
This plant was in the midst of another species of plants and vines. This one caught my attention because it was the only one around that I could see at the time. It was spotted near a creek where other vegetation already existed. Some leaves have un even blotches it. The plant was steady even when the wind blew on the other plants surrounding it. The nearby plants had dark red thorns. This plant was not found with other of its same kind. Does not seem to get much sunlight- underneath other vegetation, but source of water was within 10 feet from sighting.
This Bee was sitting on a rock right above the stream in the Berkeley Fire trails. It didn't move much even when I got close to it to take the photo.
In Strawberry Creek, down the dirt trail off of Centennial Drive, I walked down the the trail next to the plants with thin stems and cotton-like stuff coming from the bulbs, there was some scat on the right side of the trail. It appeared to be around 3 inches long and 1 inch wide. There were a lot of brown seeds that almost looked like peanuts. It was very dark brown, almost black. It was definitely not dog scat, but I was unsure which animal it could have been from.
Growing in the shade of oak trees, the bay laurel was a growing thin and young tree that looked like if it were stepped on, it would probably snap in half. It was on one of trails that was less traveled.
The leaves smelled very strongly of that certain herb smell in dishes and was very pungent. The oils of the leaves stayed with your hands for a while and you would smell of bay leaf for a while.
This weed-like structure was green and raised up to 3 feet in height. It was rough and had spikey. However, there were soft purple hair like structures at the end of the plant. There were also thorns on the tips of leaves that act as a protective measure for predators.
The reddish berries were clustered together in the bushes. The clusters were generally spaced out on the bush. Some of the berries were green or purple as well.
I found this spider, on my way out of the creek. It was hiding underneath a rock, but when it sensed motion nearby it ran out and within a couple of seconds reached the top of the little hill from the bottom of the creek. This spider, appears to be dark brown in color with orange coloring around it limbs creating 'stripes'. I found another spider near it but when they heard movement, the other spider ran off in the opposite direction.
-approximately 1 cm long
-10-12 black spots on a yellow body
I saw this millipede after lifting up a rock by the creek running through the Berkeley Fire trail. It was slightly damp under the rock and the millipede crawled around for a little before crawling under a leaf still stuck on the rocks bottom.
This very quick and agile water strider consisted of 4 legs. On water, it had 5 points of contact: its legs and the head. Its color was black and was founded on the creek. When it was disturbed, it would move nearly one foot in distance at a time.
White spidery "fluffy" seed found on a leaf in Berkeley, California. Seed is most likely from the dipsacus family; however, the exact species is unknown. Picture was taken on a day that was quite warm for the Bay Area. Temperature was eighty degrees Fahrenheit. Photograph was taken at 18:00 Pacific Standard Time. Leaf with dispacus seed was surrounded by a melange of trees, branches, and other plants.